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June 2014 issue

Environmentalists make their mark

Dermot O'Gorman

Sun, surf and fun run for SCU students

Tanyn Lyndon and Panha Heng.

Frog conservation facility unveiled at Macadamia Castle

Photo: Macadamia Castle supervisor Georgia Shapter with a red-eyed green tree frog. (Credit: Macadamia Castle.)

Football Sack returns to SCU to record World Cup podcasts

Jack Quigley (left) and Christian Layland in the SCU radio studio.

The creators of an award-winning football (soccer) podcast series have returned to Southern Cross University’s radio studios to record a special 2014 World Cup broadcast. In 2010, Christian Layland was a business student and Jack Quigley was studying journalism at the University’s Lismore campus, when they decided to turn their passion for the A-League competition and that […]

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All aboard the bus register

Leseera Kai

When Leseera Kai started her Bachelor of Social Welfare at Southern Cross University, she never thought public transport would become one of her main interests. That’s exactly what has happened for the 57-year-old after she spent a successful 200-hour placement with the Northern Rivers Social Development Council in Lismore, working on a research project that […]

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Student takes centre stage at the United Nations

Brendan Pearce

Southern Cross University student Brendan Pearce has taken his advocacy skills to the highest level by speaking about the need for the inclusion of youth in discussion at the United Nations. Representing the Deafness Forum of Australia on the Australian Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Youth Delegation, to the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties […]

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A month of science discovery and fun

NRSEC: Byron High students

Southern Cross University has been a hub of science and engineering discovery in June with the Lismore campus playing host to several major regional events. A total of more than 1300 high school and primary school students from across the NSW North Coast were on campus to participate in the Beyond School science and technology […]

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Murthy the fisherman, now Murthy the surfer

Murthy the surfer.

Southern Cross University and a group of Gold Coast businesses are reaching out across the Indian Ocean to help transform a quiet Indian fishing village into a thriving surfing community. For thousands of years, Covelong, in south-east India, has depended on fishing for its existence but a chance encounter between a local social worker, Murthy, […]

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Postcard to home: Alexandra Roberts

Alex Roberts

Canadian Alexandra Roberts used Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus to the full extent when she decided to study for a Masters of Business Administration. From surfing across the road at Tugun and Kirra, to flying out to exotic Asian locations from the airport next door, Alexandra fitted a lot into her year studying with […]

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Meet the staff: Alexander Sussman


What is your name? Alexander Sussman. I was christened Alessandro Susan. Alessandro is Alexander in Italian. The surname comes from the Veneto region of Italy (Padua). What is your job? I am the Library Manager for the Coffs Harbour campus library. I have previously worked at the State Library of NSW, Ryde Public Library, University […]

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